Fall is here, and it’s always fun to incorporate the season into some engaging learning activities! This ten frame matching game is perfect for the season.

It’s a fun way to develop number sense and, since it can be played in different ways, is great for differentiation!  After some fall math fun, grab our Number Formation Pack in our shop!

Getting Ready

To prepare this fun ten frame matching game, I printed out the cards {(below) and laminated them for durability and extended use.

I cut out the cards and separated them into two piles – the trees and the leaves.

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Ten Frame Matching Game

My students and I played the game a few different ways, depending on the level and needs of each child.

To start out, we picked a tree and then counted the dots in the ten frame on the leaves until we found a match. We then placed those cards near or on each other to show that they were paired up, continuing until all of the cards had been matched.

As the kids got a bit faster at recognizing numbers in ten frames, we switched to pulling a leaf, quickly saying its number and finding its match. This was great practice for subitizing (recognizing the quantity instantly without having to count), too!

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Ten Frame Game Extension Activities

You can work on other skills with these cards as well, such as number order 1-10 by placing the trees or leaves in order.

Want more of a challenge? Pick two trees or ten frames and add them together.

Or, you can even grab a leaf and work with your child to solve the missing addend to make ten! For instance, if she turned over three, she would figure out that she needed seven more to make ten.

Download Your Game

Are you ready to play? Grab your free matching game by clicking the blue button below and then hop over and grab our Number Formation Pack in our shop!

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  1. My daughter is expecting twins in a couple weeks. I have a four-year-old granddaughter and since I am a teacher, I am interested in creating some independent activities for her.

    1. Can you please send me a copy as well! of the fall ten frame worksheet

      thank you so much

  2. I can’t seem to get the link for the leaf / tree download. If you could tell me what I am doing wrong it would be greatly appreciated.

    Love your site!


  3. I can’t seem to get the download for the matching leaf to a 10 frame game. When I click on the blue download button, it gives me the pumpkin ten frame sheet. Please help!

    1. So sorry about that Hannah. We’ll work on getting it resolved.
      I emailed you!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

      1. Ditto! Anyway you could email it to me as well? Thank you…..great idea! 🙂

        1. Emailing you info now Lesley 😀
          Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  4. This is so cute! I linked your activity on my free fall printables roundup on hislifelearner.com Thank you for sharing your work!

    1. Thank you for linking back to us and not using one of our images on your blog.
      We really appreciate it!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  5. Hi! I have tried several of the free downloads this month, but the links do not work. Are they not free anymore?

  6. Thanks for the advice! Good game. I am engaged in developing and designing computer games, but of course, these are not many different scales. But with my child, I play just such games so far. They are good at developing a child’s ability to do math and attentiveness.

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